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TEAMtalk Editor Simon Wilkes invites you to pick your Team of the Year, having also asked a host of journalists, presenters and Danny Mills.

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Despite Manchester United reclaiming the Premier League crown with four games to go, it has been another thrilling season in England's top tier.

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has been a shining light for Andre Villas-Boas' high-flying Spurs, and picked up both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year gongs at Sunday night's glittering ceremony.

He was also named in the PFA's Team of the Year, getting the nod on the left flank, and has been selected in the majority of teams picked by a string of on-line journalists and TV/radio presenters.

Have a look at the selections below, then pick your own dream team (you can choose any formation) using our 'add comment' facility.

PFA Team of the Year (4-4-2): De Gea; Zabaleta, Ferdinand, Vertonghen, Baines; Hazard, Carrick, Mata, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

Danny Mills, former England defender (4-1-3-2): Vorm; Zabaleta, A Williams, Vertonghen, Baines; Carrick; Hazard, Mata, Bale; Michu, Lukaku.

Ed Chamberlin, Monday Night Football host (4-4-2): De Gea; Zabaleta, Vertonghen, Nastasic, Baines; Mata, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

Chris Harvey, Sky Sports.com Editor (4-4-2): Guzan; Zabaleta, Vertonghen, Ferdinand, Baines; Carrick, Cazorla, Mata, Bale; Van Persie, Michu.

Tom White, Sky Sports News presenter (4-4-2): Mignolet; Zabaleta, Ivanovic, Vertonghen, D Rose; Cazorla, Fellaini, Michu, Bale; Lambert, van Persie.

Simon Wilkes, TEAMtalk.com Editor (4-2-3-1): Foster; Rafael, A Williams, Vertonghen, Baines; Carrick, Cazorla; Mata, Michu, Bale; Van Persie.

Mark Buckingham, Sky Sports.com Football Editor (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Williams, Baines; Mata, Carrick, Ramires, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

Tim Thornton, Sky Sports News Radio Assistant Editor (4-4-2): De Gea; Zabaleta, Ferdinand, A Williams, Baines; Walcott, Fellaini, Gerrard, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

Sarah Winterburn, Football365.com Editor (4-1-4-1): Lloris; Zabaleta, Vertonghen, Nastasic, Baines; Carrick; Mata, Cazorla, Michu, Bale; Van Persie.

James Marshment, TEAMtalk.com Deputy Editor (4-2-1-3): Cech; Zabaleta, Ferdinand, Jagielka, Baines; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Mata; Bale, Suarez, van Persie.

Tim Clement, SkyBet.com content editor (4-3-3): Howard; Rafael, Vertonghen, Jagielka, Baines; Carrick, Cazorla, Mata; Bale, Suarez, van Persie.

Ian Watson, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-3-3): Lloris; Rafael, Nastasic, Vertonghen, Shaw; Carrick, Michu, Mata; Suarez, van Persie, Bale.

Chris Cooper, Sky Sports News Radio presenter (4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Zabaleta, Luiz, Vertonghen, Baines; Hazard, Sessegnon, Carrick, Mata; Bale; Van Persie.

Jon Holmes, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-4-2): De Gea; Riether, J Evans, Chico, Baines; Mata, Fellaini, Cazorla, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

Rob Parrish, Sky Sports.com journalist (4-3-3): Mignolet; Rafael, Nastasic, Vertonghen, Baines; Cazorla, Mata, Bale; Michu, van Persie, Suarez.

Mark Holmes, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-3-3): Begovic, Zabaleta, Jagielka, Vertonghen, Baines; Mata, Carrick, Cazorla; Suarez, van Persie, Bale.

Mikey Burrows, Sky Sports News Radio presenter (4-3-3): Guzan; Zabaleta, McAuley, Vertonghen, Baines; Cazorla, Schneiderlin, Bale; Mata, Michu, van Persie.

Rob McCarthy, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Zabaleta, Ferdinand, Vertonghen, Baines; Lennon, Carrick, Michu, Mata; Bale; Van Persie.

Stephanie Otty, Sky Sports News Radio producer (4-4-2): De Gea; Zabaleta, Ivanovic, Dawson, Baines; Mata, Sissoko, Carrick, Bale; Suarez, Defoe.

Matty Briggs, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-3-3): Mignolet; Rafael, Vertonghen, Ferdinand, Baines; Mata, Carrick, Bale; Suarez, van Persie, Michu.

Sam Nightingale, TEAMtalk.com journalist (4-4-2): De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, A Cole; Mata, Carrick, Michu, Bale; Suarez, van Persie.

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